Number 118                                                                                                    November 2019


Thank you for your timely votes - the Fraternity has approved the installations of three new chapters at California State University Fullerton, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Santa Clara University.  Their installations will take place in January and February 2020.


The Central Office now stocks Graduation Stoles, Cords and Medallions for sale to your members approaching graduation.  Merchandise can be purchased from the Square Marketplace. Stoles are $20 each and come in the Fraternity's Official Colors with either the Greek Letters or the Coat of Arms embroidered. Use the Online Store to purchase or email/fax the completed hardcopy form linked above to the Central Office. Graduation Chords (at $12 each) and Medallions (at $18 each) are also available through the Online Store, but be sure to order early to allow shipping time!


All Theta Tau student members are invited to participate in the 2020 All-Academic Team Program.  The Theta Tau Educational Foundation is seeking to identify and recognize student members who maintain excellence in academic standing while making positive contributions to their chapter, campus, and community. All eligible students with a 3.0 or higher semester grade point average completing the online application via SmarterSelect will be recognized.  Link to application will open in mid to late December and remain open for 30 days. 

Members who qualify will be recognized by chapter and region on the Theta Tau website and in other future communications. In addition to recognizing all who complete the application and qualify, one member from each Theta Tau Region (10 total) be named an "All-Academic Team Captain" and rewarded with a $200 honoraria from the Educational Foundation.  Candidates must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from the most recent regular school term (in this case, as gpa shown on Fall 2019 semester/quarter report cardunofficial transcript, or official transcript.) 


The Theta Tau Educational Foundation would like to thank you for your participation in the inaugural Founders' Day of Giving event!  We ended our #1904Minutes with gifts totaling $14,744!  These gifts will benefit future events like the 2021 Leadership Academy, provide student scholarships, and aid in creating other programming that enables the Theta Tau Educational Foundation to succeed in its mission of "Providing Educational Opportunities to Develop the Leaders of Tomorrow".

Congratulations to the following regions on our two Leaderboard Competitions:

  • The Atlantic Region had the highest value in donations on October 15th and won the Regionals Leaderboard competition!  The Foundation will work with your Regional Directors on sponsoring/reimbursement for a professional speaker at your upcoming Regionals (Spring or Fall).
  • It was a tie for the Leadership Academy Leaderboard competition - both the Atlantic and Central Regions had the most number of donations on October 16th!  We will fund $1300 to chapters from those regions to support registration costs for the 2021 Leadership Academy.

We hope you had fun and we sincerely appreciate your generous donations, your passion for Theta Tau, and your investment and commitment to our current and future brothers.


Theta Tau will soon begin the search for a Programming and Communications Coordinator to work out of our Central Office in Miami, Florida.  Once the job description and other information is finalized , the position will be announced in a separate email from the Central Office.  Stay tuned for more information!


Applications are now open for the Student Advisory Committee! The Theta Tau Student Advisory Committee (SAC) was created at the 2016 National Convention after the removal of the Student Member of the Executive Council position. The SAC was formed in order to give the Student Members of Theta Tau a voice on the Executive Council as well as a national presence. Additionally, the SAC was designed to serve as a point of contact for all of the chapters in order to advise them on non-logistics issues.



AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

We strongly encourage you to do your Amazon shopping through AmazonSmile.  To select the Educational Foundation as your beneficiary, visit, login to your Amazon account, and search for the Theta Tau Educational Foundation.  Be sure to select the Educational Foundation in the app on your phone too by clicking on the menu, clicking ‘settings’ and clicking ‘Amazon Smile.’

Habitat spring break: Online Registration

Spring break weeks for every chapter can be found on the Facebook event page here.  If you’ve been a member for more than a year, you know by now that this event will sell out so make your reservations before it’s too late. If your week fills up before you're able to register, email to be placed on a waiting list in case spots open up.



Dues Invoices and completed Dues Lists for each chapter and colony were emailed to chapter leaders three weeks ago. Those chapters who have not yet paid their invoice will see a $10 per-member surcharge placed on their invoice on November 15.  This represents a 15-day grace period.


November 2019 Fraternal Law NewsletterThe latest edition of the Fraternal Law publication is linked above.  This always valuable publication includes updates on the major discrimination case ongoing at Harvard University. Students and alumni are encouraged to educate yourself as to the issues raised in this extremely valuable educational publication.
2020 Mentor Application
Even as the Theta Tau Mentorship Initiative continues for those who enrolled this semester, it is time to plan ahead for the new semester and year.  We have already opened registration for Mentors for next semester. (Application for mentees will be in separate communication later this year.) 

How did you transition from college to career?
Did you face any circumstances that challenged you? 

More likely than not, your career is not exactly how you thought it would be when you were a student, whether that be drastic changes to your career path or slight changes, it is probably not identical to what you envisioned as a student. 

Theta Tau understands the importance of having guidance and insight as somebody makes that transition from college to career.
We would like you to be a mentor for a Theta Tau student so then you can help that person be better professionally prepared for whatever career challenges they may not realize are on the horizon.

It is about a 5 hour time commitment over the course of the Spring semester (February-May). To get involved, please click here and submit the
mentor application.
Mentorship enables those alumni to give their time, talent, experience, and wisdom to benefit chapters and individual members in a non-monetary manner. Contact Daniel White,Tau Gamma '09, National Operations Manager.


Discover EWeek

It’s not too early to start planning for 2020 EWeek! Each student and alumnus group should make an effort to celebrate National Engineers Week (February 16-22) by sponsoring a professional event or related activity. This is the time we set aside each year to take pride in our profession and the many contributions engineers make to everyday life.  Order supplies from the online EWEEK store early for timely delivery.

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